CANADA FX DEBT-C$ rebounds on oil price, China relief

Thu Jul 9, 2015 9:45am EDT
 
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* Canadian dollar at C$1.2698 or 78.75 U.S. cents
    * Bond prices mostly lower across the maturity curve

    TORONTO, July 9 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar rebounded
against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday after recent sharp
losses as crude oil prices recovered and sentiment in global
markets brightened.
    Also helping to support the loonie was data that showed new
home prices in Canada rose by a greater-than-expected 0.2
percent in May from April. Meanwhile, U.S. figures that showed a
rise in U.S. jobless claims last week briefly trimmed U.S.
dollar gains against a basket of
currencies.   
    The price of oil, a key Canadian export, climbed roughly 3
percent, bolstered by gasoline demand and positive economic data
from Germany. Meanwhile, Chinese stocks, which had plunged more
than 30 percent over the past month, stabilized after Beijing
took measures to halt the dramatic selloff.
   
    Many strategists, however, continue to expect the Canadian
dollar to weaken further, particularly due to growing
expectations that the Bank of Canada may cut interest rates as
early as next week, and view the loonie's temporary bounce as a
U.S. dollar buying opportunity.
    
    * At 9:25 a.m. EDT (1325 GMT), the Canadian dollar 
was trading at C$1.2698 to the greenback, or 78.75 U.S. cents,
stronger than the Bank of Canada's official close on Wednesday
of C$1.2740, or 78.49 U.S. cents.
    * The loonie, which has fallen nearly 4 percent since
mid-June, traded between C$1.2665 and C$1.2745 so far in the
session.
    * Canadian employment data for June is due at 8:30 a.m. EDT
on Friday and will be the final piece of closely watched
economic data before the Bank of Canada's rate decision next
Wednesday. 
    * U.S. crude prices were up 2.83 percent to $53.11,
while Brent crude added 2.93 percent to $58.72. 
    * The Canadian dollar, which was outperforming many of its
key currency counterparts, is expected to trade between C$1.2640
and C$1.2750 against the greenback during the North American
session on Thursday, according to RBC Capital Markets.
    * Canadian government bond prices were generally lower
across the maturity curve, with the two-year price
down 6.5 Canadian cents to yield 0.461 percent and the benchmark
10-year falling 60 Canadian cents to yield 1.581
percent.
    * The Canada-U.S. two-year bond spread was -12.4 basis
points, while the 10-year spread was -69.5 basis points.

 (Reporting by Solarina Ho; Editing by Peter Galloway)